International study of the effectiveness of national OSH programmes

cergosh-study-effectiveness.jpg Dr Kirsten Olsen recently participated in a meeting of international experts in a major research project in Copenhagen, Denmark to identify the characteristics of effective national interventions, programmes or initiatives to help create health workplaces. 

The research project is called ‘CAVI’ – a Danish abbreviation ‘untranslatable’ into English but refers to the effectiveness of National OHS effort - interventions in the workplace. The project uses ‘realist analysis’ as a new approach to the evaluation of effectiveness of OHS interventions. It identifies the intervention’s ‘programme theory’, systematically assesses in a realistic way what part of the theory works in practice. So rather than simply providing a single ‘yes/no’ outcome, realist analysis provides information on what works, or does not work, for different organisations and why. This is analysed both in relation to the original intention (the programme theory) and the real world implementation, by looking at the many contextual factors that could influence the implementation.

Dr Olsen has applied the same approach to the Workplace Discount Scheme (WSD) that was introduced by ACC in New Zealand and plans to use a similar approach to examine the ACC Workplace Safety Management Scheme (WSMP).

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